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Want Stronger Economies And Communities? Empower Women

Kathy Calvin | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Kathy Calvin

Many women across the globe face extraordinary barriers as they seek better futures and fortunes. Generally, women have a harder time accessing credit and capital. They carry a heavier burden of household responsibilities and are more likely to work in the informal economy and at insecure jobs.

Recycling Key To A Sustainable Urban Future

Glaucia Barros | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Glaucia Barros

As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, the need to address the growing challenge of solid waste management has emerged as a critical part of the larger effort to build sustainable cities.

Tackling Youth Unemployment Is The Most Important Issue

Ruma Bose | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Ruma Bose

If we do not make this issue a priority, we risk seeing an entire generation of people cursed to be marginalized at work - and because so much else depends on having a decent job, marginalized in society, too.

If You Care About Children Join Our Effort to Save Four Million of Them

Ray Chambers | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Ray Chambers

We possess the collective will, the effective treatments and the combined assets to surmount the once-in-a-generation challenge of ending preventable child deaths. We now need the entire world to join us, led by those nations most affected.

In Jordan, Women's Small Change Makes Big Change-- And A Step Toward The MDGs

Salam Kanaan | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Salam Kanaan

One by one, the women step forward and put coins or ragged bills in a metal dish. Most can't give more than one Jordanian dinar -- about $1.33. Even that dinar is a sacrifice, but the women do it because they know the power of saving together.

If You Chose Your Lover, You're One of the Lucky Ones: How Gender Inequalities are Affecting Global Progress

Alicia Henry | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Alicia Henry

Robbing a young girl of her adolescence denies her the opportunity to be educated and join the workforce. If she doesn't die of birth complications, she may have no other choice than to sell her body in order to provide for her family.

Child Brides –- We Cannot Afford to Ignore Their Plight

Jeffrey Edmeades | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Edmeades

Moving forward, ending child marriage -- and, importantly, supporting married girls like Genet -- deserves renewed attention and investment as a core target under the goal of empowering women and gender equality.

If We Fail Women Farmers, We Fail the World

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Gender equity, where women and men are valued equally and enjoy the same opportunities to fulfill their potential, is a basic human right and an important component of international development work. When gender equity is present, we find accountability, efficiency and sustainability.

Put the Frontline Health Worker into the Post-2015 Framework

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Millions of people in impoverished countries are alive today because a midwife was by their side when they gave birth, or they were vaccinated as infants by a nurse, or because their families learned from a community health worker to adopt healthy behaviors like breastfeeding, hand washing, birth spacing, and sleeping under a mosquito net.

Voices Of A Silent Majority

Chris Underhill | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Chris Underhill

The problem of mental illness has long been ignored. In the fast paced and complex world we live in, the time has now come that it cannot be neglected anymore.

We Need To Rethink How We Measure ‘Improved Sanitation'

John Kluge | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
John Kluge

Yes, improved sanitation has improved the lives of billions of people all over the world, and it's important to note that success. But we need to make some course corrections. The stakes are just too high. Leaving billions of people to live with "improved sanitation" that includes untreated sewage--that's an economic, environmental, and humanitarian catastrophe.

Achieving Universal Primary Education: Success Hinges on Investing in Girls

Tessie San Martin | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Tessie San Martin

Seventeen-year-old Meeson is a 10th grade student in Laos. She dreams of becoming a doctor and helping her community. But her sister's story is bleak: she was forced to drop out of school at age 14 to help support the family with money she earns as a laborer in a sewing factory.

The Unstoppable Desire for a Good Education

Cris Revaz | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Cris Revaz

A UN group has been asking people in roughly 200 countries to set their own priorities for human development in an online survey called "My World." Overwhelmingly, participants have ranked a good education as their greatest priority, even amongst huge ongoing challenges to eradicate deadly disease, feed the hungry, improve nutrition and provide clean water.

Getting to the Bottom: Ending Extreme Poverty Starts with the Ultrapoor

William M. Abrams | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
William M. Abrams

Last year we learned that the world achieved an historic milestone that has changed the lives of more than half a billion people. The World Bank announced that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing the number of people living in extreme poverty by half has already been met, five years ahead of schedule.

21 Inspiring Portraits Of Frontline Health Workers Around The Globe (PHOTOS)

Michael Bzdak, Director, Corporate Contributions at Johnson & Johnson | Posted 09.04.2013 | Impact

For millions of people in remote and rural areas around the world, frontline health workers are the only link to health care. Often based in the commu...

Quantity Too Often Outweighs Quality in Africa's Education Push

Regina Agyare | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Regina Agyare

The U.N. Millennium Development Goals have a strong focus on ensuring that by 2015, children everywhere will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.

A Promise to Girls

Desmond Tutu | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Desmond Tutu

Today is the first-ever International Day of the Girl. This is a day to celebrate the fact that it is girls who will change the world; that the empowerment of girls holds the key to development and security for families, communities and societies worldwide.

Meeting the Challenge to Save the Lives of Women and Children

Kathy Bushkin Calvin | Posted 12.03.2012 | Impact
Kathy Bushkin Calvin

If we can land a rover on Mars and map out the genes of the human body, we should also be able to prevent millions of women and children from dying of mostly preventable causes like pregnancy complications, malnutrition, pneumonia, measles, and malaria.

World Meets U.N. Target For Safe Drinking Water

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 03.21.2012 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS -- The world's nations achieved a U.N. goal of cutting in half the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water five year...

Taking Concepts to Scale: Achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria

Dr. Annika Sweetland | Posted 08.06.2011 | World
Dr. Annika Sweetland

At first glance, achieving these goals promptly in a country like Nigeria may seem like a pipedream. The eighth largest nation in the world, Nigeria hosts 1/5 of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa, over half of which lives on less than $1 a day.

How Quickly Are Countries Progressing Toward the Millennium Development Goals?

Ben Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Leo

The United Nations recently published the 2011 World Economic Situation and Prospects report. But the picture that was painted by a highly simplistic brush.

On the World Stage, U.S. Falls Flat on Women's Equality

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

The Senate's failure on Paycheck Fairness appears to be entirely consistent with our global outlook. U.S. hypocrisy is exposed when addressing the most blatant human rights crises on a global scale.

Overcoming Barriers with Electronic Connectivity

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jim Luce

Where we no longer must allocate the time and resources to go physically to all corners of the earth -- Facebook, Skype, our email takes us there.

Connectivity Is Key To Social Change

Jim Luce | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Luce

In the spring I travelled to Barcelona for the GSM Association's World Congress, with 49,000 participants spread between mobile phone-related 1,300 ve...

Obama's New Plan to Fight Poverty Gets the Purpose Right

Paul O'Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul O'Brien

President Obama used the gathering of world leaders in New York last week to announce the first-ever US Policy on Global Development, promising that, ...